Spinergy Fall Line Freeride review£875.00

These look bonkers but they're great quality. The double-walled rims are pretty wide at 39mm, which means even the fattest tyres get a wide seat for extra stability. They're impressively stiff and durable too.

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These look bonkers but they're great quality. The double-walled rims are pretty wide at 39mm, which means even the fattest tyres get a wide seat for extra stability. They're impressively stiff and durable too.

The unusual spokes are made from a light fibre called PBO (polyphenylene bensobisoxazole) - you can feel slight flex compared to steel spokes, but they're incredibly strong. The open-flange CNC'd hubs are equally tough, and the alloy freehub is very tight and reliable. It also keeps the weight super-low for such burly wheels.

The standard axle set-up is 20mm front and quick-release rear but 12mm bolted axle and 150mm hub options are available. The price is crazy expensive though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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